DEBORAH S. COLDWELL

Practices

Industries

Education and Clerkships

J.D., University of Texas at Austin, School of Law, 1990

M.A.T., Colorado College, 1979

B.A., Colorado State University, 1974

Admissions

Texas

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas

Languages

Spanish

Profile

Deborah Coldwell represents franchisors, distributors, joint ventures, limited liability companies, partnerships and the individuals who run those companies in jury trials, bench trials and arbitrations. She has litigated across several industries – from hotels and restaurants to health clubs and tax preparation services to product and service-based franchise and distribution networks. 

Deb will help bring a business solution to a dispute when possible and is skilled in representing clients in mediations and other settlement proceedings. But when litigation is inevitable, she is fully prepared to go to trial or arbitration and to fight for a company and its officers. To that end, she litigated a successful six week jury trial in Texas state court in a joint venture dispute. Nationally-ranked in Band 1 by Chambers USA, (Chambers & Partners, 2009–2017) in the franchise law category, clients describe her as an “outstanding trial lawyer,” “very poised, thoughtful and smart,” and as “an especially good advocate.”

Deb loves to organize and motivate teams to accomplish short and long term goals. She is the immediate past chair of the 2,000-plus member American Bar Association Forum on Franchising. She also served the Forum as the editor-in-chief of the Franchise Law Journal and as its publications officer. Deb channels her love of sports by litigating sports law-related matters and serving as co-chair of Haynes and Boone’s Sports Law Practice Group.

Prior to attending law school, Deb worked in restaurants and taught junior high and college. Deb’s unique background helps her bring a practical approach to problem solving and allows her to assist clients to find an individual workable strategy in each case she handles. As a skilled and creative trial lawyer, Deb has the experience and flexibility to provide clients with quality representation on a “one size does not fit all” basis.

Lawyer of the Year

Best Lawyers | Lawyer of the Year

Best Lawyers Names Eight Haynes and Boone Partners “2018 Lawyer of the Year”

Best Lawyers has named eight Haynes and Boone partners as “2018 Lawyer of the Year.” Honorees received high praise for legal prowess, integrity and professionalism.


Published by Woodward/White, Inc. in August 2018

Franchise

Holiday Hospitality franchise

Haynes and Boone Gets Franchise Dispute Dismissed for Holiday Hospitality

A Haynes and Boone team won the complete dismissal of a breach of contract and fraud suit against Holiday Hospitality Franchising stemming from the company’s decision not to renew the operating license for a Houston Holiday Inn.

Chambers

Chambers 2017

Haynes and Boone Maintains Solid Presence in 2017 Chambers USA Rankings

Haynes and Boone, LLP has been featured in the annual Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2017 directory. The widely-respected legal publication recognized 50 individual lawyers across 20 practice areas.


Published by Chambers and Partners, May 2017

Professional Recognition

  • Selected by Best Lawyers, Woodward/White, Inc., as a "2016 Lawyer of the Year" in Franchise Law, 2016
  • Recognized by Chambers USA, Chambers & Partners, as a nationally recognized franchise lawyer in America, 2009-2017
  • Nominated by her peers as one of the world's leading franchise practitioners in The International Who's Who of Franchise Lawyers, Law Business Research Ltd., 2004, 2006, 2007, 2011
  • Inducted into inaugural Legal Eagles Hall of Fame, Franchise Times, 2013
  • Included as a Legal Eagle (top 100 franchise lawyers) in Franchise Times, Franchise Times Corp., 2004-2017
  • Selected by her peers in D Magazine, D Magazine Partners, as one of the "Best Women Lawyers in Dallas," 2010, and as one of the top lawyers in franchise and distribution law in Dallas, 2003-2017
  • Selected as a Texas Super Lawyer, Thomson Reuters, 2003-2017
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, Inc., for Franchise Law, 2007-2018
  • Selected by Best Lawyers, Woodward/White, Inc., as "2012 Dallas Franchise Law Lawyer of the Year," 2012
  • Martindale Hubbell® Law Directory with a Peer Review Rating of AV® Preeminent™

Honors

Super Lawyers

Haynes and Boone Makes Strong Showing in 2017 Texas Super Lawyers

Texas Super Lawyers recognized 57 Haynes and Boone lawyers in the 2017 edition of its annual award listing. The awards are based on peer recognition and professional achievements. Of those nominated, only five percent of the total lawyers in the state are selected for inclusion.

Professional and Community Activities

  • The Grant Halliburton Foundation, Board Member
  • ABA Forum on Franchising, Immediate Past Chair (2015-2017), Chair (2013-2015); Governing Committee Member (2009-2013); Publications Chair (2009-2013); Leadership (2006-2009)
  • ABA Franchise Law Journal, Editor-in-Chief (2006-2009)
  • State Bar of Texas
  • American Bar Association
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • ABA Forum on Franchising Governing Committee
  • Women's Foodservice Forum (Leadership Development Committee)

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